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No time like the vernal equinox to watch all the characters in Alibi spring into action!

Greg tries to stop Marcey from revealing all, but he’s foiled by Danny. Why does Danny have Greg’s car key, though?


“A kind heart he hath; a woman would run through fire and water for such a kind heart.” – The Merry Wives of Windsor

(Why was MK’s mirror image used on the DVD cover?)

Gorgeous Alibi production stills on Acorn Media’s pre-order page for the DVD.

The DVD runtime is 2.5 hours, so it seems Acorn’s release is the uncut version! It’s also in widescreen and hopefully remastered with better picture quality. Preview here.

From the New York Times, Nov. 13, 2017:

The infallible drama fodder of betrayal, love and murder gives this mini-series its edge.

If only a new Michael Kitchen project were being featured in the current NYTimes rather than a film that’s 14 years old. Sigh.

And, of course, what follows is Michael Kitchen’s beautiful delivery of a speech that’s at once touching, romantic, and humorous.

Dominic Dromgoole wrote in The Sunday Times (Aug. 31, 2003):

Kitchen and Okonedo are two of our best actors. They managed to play a substantial story of growing love without any intense stares or moist lips or fidgety signals. There was a lone touching of the upper arm. What they played was a slow-growing spread of trust between two people, and what is love if not trust?

Me, too! Sophie Okonedo and Michael Kitchen are a dream team.

I had a laugh watching Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon sing Google-double-translated versions of hit songs, so I thought I’d run the fairly slangy dialogue from one of my favorite Michael Kitchen scenes through the filter. Have to hand it to Google Translate, it does a pretty accurate job with most languages I tried. Korean and Polish need a bit of work, though:

Hey, but I killed him.
It was an accident.
Well, he’s dead. I torture my wife, blindfolded.
He is dead. I did it. How good do you think it is?
Greg, would you lower your voice?
When they asked why, I would say “the least.” No, frankly, it is the tiredest thing I can do.
And that does not mean he’s dressed up. No.
In the luxury of his waxed car he fried a sharp and dirty bastard.

Hey, but I killed him.
It was an accident.
So, he’s dead. Bastard, bestowal on my wife, the thief blind me.
He’s dead, and I did it. How do you think how good?
Greg, would you keep your voice?
When they ask why, I will go, “This is the least” – no, frankly, it is very bloody at least I can do.
And not only did he deliver it. No.
Fried, dirty slurry fried in the luxury of his car.

I certainly hope Google Translate isn’t being used for any high-level discourse between the U.S. and North Korea. I wouldn’t put it past this administration.

Part 2 of 2. Marcey wielding the toilet tank cover cracks me up. 🙂

Michael Kitchen playing the cuckold.

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“Are you talking to me?” Almost as funny as “Eugene. Tunnel…”. 😀

Level-headed Marcey introduces Valium to a panicky Greg while trying to calm him.

Michael Kitchen does wonders with the “particularly challenging” dialogue in Alibi.

For all of Foyle’s heralded qualities, it’s Greg Brentwood – sweet, vulnerable, naïve, and prone to panic attacks – whom I adore most.

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Bewilderment, then dawning realization, and finally, angry humiliation pass over Greg’s face when Marcey exposes the depth of Linda and Martin’s betrayal.

Greg, Marcey, and his clothes in Alibi – LOL


Michael Kitchen cracks me up in this scene from Alibi in which Greg tries not to have a breakdown while witnessing a potentially disastrous conversation between Marcey and Linda that’s moving faster than his drugged-out brain can keep up.  I love how Marcey always seems to be several steps ahead of Greg.  They make such an adorable couple.

sapphyswitch said: Has the full version ever been released on DVD?

No, and sadly, I doubt the uncut version ever will be.

Alibi set to one of my favorite songs, Out of Reach by Gabrielle.

anonymous said:

I hope you know you are killing me with these videos (in a good way – ha!). I can’t get any work done as I just want to stay on your site watching them. I love seeing MK in scenes wearing blue jeans – gives him a “younger look” than what we are used to seeing him as C. Foyle. Awesome – C

Happy to read your note.  I, too, adore seeing MK in jeans.  🙂

“She loved me for the dangers I had pass’d, And I loved her that she did pity them.” – Othello

Alibi: Greg and Marcey fanfiction

Thrilled to discover that MyMadness at fanfiction.net has written a beautifully evocative piece, “Yes, I Will“, that continues the story of Greg and Marcey.  What a gift for fans of Alibi.

So much emotional impact in the touching of hands and a meaningful glance.

From an interview with Sophie Okonedo about Alibi in The Scotsman:

Okonedo says: “It was really good to work on and I particularly enjoyed working with Michael Kitchen – I’ve always thought he was brilliant. It was a very rewarding and creative experience and I feel very proud of it. So much of what’s on TV is formulaic and about people like doctors and nurses or lawyers and that can get a bit boring, but Alibi isn’t like that at all.”

In Alibi (2003), Michael Kitchen plays the hapless, naive, often frantic Greg — quite the opposite of the ever calm, discerning, and in-command Foyle.  I love how Sophie Okonedo’s character, Marcey, takes charge here and throughout the movie.

Marcey marches a very reluctant Greg into her bathroom where she has prepared a bubble bath for him complete with candles in order to help him relax. (Not a bath person myself, so I fully sympathize with the poor guy.) This must be one of the scenes that had the cast rolling about with laughter during the readthrough.  Pity it was left out of the UK DVD, but thankfully, it has been uploaded to YouTube and restored in Acorn’s new release.